Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: Turkey Magnet

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

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This year I’ve been on a magnet streak…It was actually one magnet oriented week, but I’ve been sharing the creations over the past few months as appropriate–and yes, there will be Christmas magnets, too :D.  BUT, since the holiday that is next to arrive on the calendar is Thanksgiving, today I’m sharing a super cute turkey magnet!

If you want to make your own Turkey magnet craft, just like with our other bottle cap magnets, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bottle caps
  • Magnets
  • Pipecleaners
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brushes.
  • Double-sided foam tape

I don’t have step-by-step pictures of this one like I do for other magnets—I guess i just got excited, but here’s the steps.  The are very similar to the spider and jack-o-lantern magnets, so you can refer to that post if you need visuals.

Step 1: Paint Base Color
The first step is to paint your bottlec cap brown.  You’re going to want to do two or three coats for good coverage.  Make sure to let each coat dry well before the next.  This is a perfect step for kids of any age.

Step 2: Add Pipe Cleaner Detail
Once your base coat is dry, it’s time to add the pipe-cleaner detail.   I used five different color, metallic pipe cleaners for my turkey feathers. The were cute  to about two inches long and then rounded in half (see picture above).  To glue them on , first set the bottle cap, face down, on a table.  Use hot glue to attach each ‘feather’ to back of the magnet (similar to how the spider legs are attached in the spider magnets).

Step 3: Add Magnet
Next, it’s time to glue the magnet in. First we have to add a few pieces of double-sided foam tape.  Use two or three pieces, cut to the size of the inside of the magnet and stack them until the surface of the back of the magnet is even with, or just higher than the sides of the bottle cap.  Hot glue the magnet to the top.

Step 4: Paint Detail
Now it’s time for making your brown magnet into a turkey magnet.  You can Use paint pens for this, or paint.  I used acrylic paints and painted the wings and head with a light brown, the feet and beak with orange and the gobbler with red.  For the eyes, I dotted on white with the brush tip and then back once the white was dry.

Step 5: Spray
After all your details are completely dry, spray your creations with a protective spray.  We typically use Modge Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer, but any craft/paint sealer will work.

Once it dries, you’re all done and it’s time to go stick your Thanksgiving menu to the fridge with your cute new turkey magnet!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Kelly, Alex and Sophia

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Vicky @ Mess For Less Says:

    Such a great way to re use bottle caps and put a new spin on pipe cleaners. Pinned!

  2. the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny) Says:

    Glad you liked it! Thanks for the pin!

  3. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet Says:

    My kids would really like this craft!! Thanks so much for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking party!

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